New architecture firm aiming to lay strong foundations

A new architecture practice has opened for business – aiming to become an established Scottish name and “bucking the trend” as peers scale back.

From left: Sarah Jane Storrie and Marianne Partyka have launched Studio SJM Architects. Picture: Mack Photo.

Sarah Jane Storrie and Marianne Partyka have opened Studio SJM Architects, which specialises in architectural and interior design for the conservation-focused, adaptive re-use of historic buildings and new architecture within sensitive settings, for a diverse range of clients.

The award-winning pair say they collectively have more than two decades under their belts working on prestigious conservation, education and community projects for universities, independent schools, churches, and community groups – bringing experience from Page \ Park Architects and LDN Architects.

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They add that the new firm is already working with several school and community as well as domestic clients, with a key focus on people and place, adding: “Based on sound technical knowledge and a love of the historic, this emerging practice takes a holistic approach to architecture and interior design striving to create elegant, simple and timeless solutions focused around people.”

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Ms Storrie said: “Architecture that makes a positive impact on its surroundings and the lives of the people that use it is at the forefront of every project for us. Our shared passion to create safe and nurturing environments that are inclusive to all is crucial.

“Our work is underpinned by our understanding of heritage and conservation and our holistic approach to architecture and interior design. We design from the inside out and the outside in, to create unique spaces that reflect our clients.”

Ms Partyka also stated: “While many firms have been forced into scaling back, we believe we are bucking the trend and forging a unique partnership and offering that combines both our skillsets in conservation, education and community.

“We are also witnessing a unique time in the domestic market due to the pandemic, while people have been spending more time at home and realising that their homes are not conducive to the new work and family life that we are all experiencing. We are seeing this as an opportunity to work with domestic clients who are seeking to do something innovative with their home.”

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